Woody Guthrie wrote thousands of songs in his lifetime—some are still being found today. Byt if you're just becoming acquainted with his work, here's a list of some of Woody Guthrie's most remarkable, influential, and memorable songs.
This is easily one of Woody Guthrie's most popular songs. Written in response to "God Bless America," the refrain of this song was originally "God blessed America for me." In addition to paying tribute to the extraordinary beauty and natural resources of the country, the song also addresses themes of workers' rights and land ownership. song history | lyrics
This Land Is Your Land," although it much more pointedly addresses the concerns of migrant workers. | lyrics
Woody Guthrie may have been considered hugely subversive as a songwriter for his day, but he was actually quite a devoted patriot. This song, written around the advent of World War II addressed all the remarkable accomplishments in human history, claiming that beating Hitler and the fascists was just another task for humankind to pull off. | lyrics
Woody Guthrie was a hugely empathic songwriter, and he saw much value in the heroes of the poor and working class. This story-song tells about the famous outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd, offering a little perspective to his legend, and suggesting that the term "criminal" is relative. | lyrics
7. "Deportee"Though he was born in Oklahoma, Guthrie spent some time living in Texas and Southern California, very near to the Mexico border. This is one of the more notable songs that he wrote as a tribute to the hard-working immigrants who crossed the border looking for a better life. | lyrics